Home Again

Well it was a day of travel. I got up, packed and sadly left my parent’s place. Usually I make sure that I stay long enough that they are driving me crazy- makes leaving them so much easier. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case this time.

Home:

I got home to the horrible chirping of my smoke alarm. My poor downstairs neighbour has been putting up with this since I left. He came up to help me change the battery, though I will have to go looking for a lithium battery as all I got at the drug store was an alkaline one.

Exercise:

I met up with Sarah for a run around the river. It was hot, humid and busy, but still nice to stretch the legs. I want to put more mileage in this month so am trying to be super consistent.

Reading:

I read Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson. I loved it! I started it yesterday and finished it today. This book has a lot of heart, but reads quickly and lightly. The characters are interesting and of course, I love that it centres around a knitting store. I sure hope it’s just the first in a series!

Well that was my whole day other than some grocery shopping. I had better do some knitting now!

Have fun!

AJ

At The Least

It was a very quiet and restful day.

Exercise:

This is the one thing I did well today. I started the day with a 5km run that was one hill after another. I got to start running down a hill but then had to go up the other side. I made it to the top and turned the corner, only to see another steep hill. On the way back, I had the first hill again. I swear this town is trying to kill me with hills!

This is not the steepest one!

I did some yoga when I came back because I was shocked to find out I hadn’t done any yoga in June. Hopefully it will help with my tight muscles!

Finally this afternoon I did a BeFitDavis workout. It was four sets of lateral lunges, squats, static squat with heel lifts, and pulsing plié squats. I then added on knee raises, a plank, crunches, reverse crunches, bicycle crunches, leg drops, heel taps, and scissor legs.

My goal was to do all three activities each day so this was a success:)

Stitching:

I got some more done on my cross stitch project. I cheated on the curtain and did a part that is a different colour so it will be visible.

Knitting:

I had to restart my sweater. I’m just hoping it will turn out well and move along quickly!

Reading:

I could almost swear I am reading Beach Read backwards as it is going so slowly.

That is my whole day- pretty quiet!

Have fun!

AJ

Stretching My Skills with Sally

Last year I tried a few of Sally’s Baking Challenge items and quite enjoyed the challenge of trying new things. Most of the people in my life asked why I was doing this, thankfully there are people like Abbey! I was talking with Abbey of Three Cats and a Girl and we decided to both try these challenges and then link up to talk about our results, so please check out her attempts too. I was really interested in doing this because I knew she would be doing the recipes as called for while I would need to convert them to gluten free and dairy free. I should say that I change as little as possible and just sub in gf and df ingredients to see if the recipe will still work.

It is so cool that when Kathy read about Abbey’s and my challenge she decided to join us so make sure you go read about her baking adventures! They always look professional and yummy!

The June baking challenge was for ice cream sandwiches. Now I love creamy deserts so this sounded really good even if it had chocolate in it.

I knew this weekend would be busy so last weekend I whipped up the brownies. Just like Abbey, I had to cook mine longer and they still were a little gooey in a few places. I was just hoping the freezing would help. The only difference in my brownies was that I used Bob’s Redmill 1-1 Flour and Earth Balance vegan Buttery Spread. The brownies were easy to make and I had no trouble spreading them like Sally did.

The most difficult part of this recipe was finding enough dairy free ice cream without going broke. Now o don’t keep ice cream in the house and usually just go to the local ice cream parlour when I have a craving, so when I looked in the frozen foods section it was a shock! The cheapest option was fourteen dollars and it only went up from there! There was no way I was spending fourteen dollars on ice cream for a recipe when I had already had to buy sugar, cocoa and pans! I checked out three different grocery stores and finally found some Breyers Dairy free that was an acceptable cost, though it was vanilla with peanut butter ripples. I thought it would be okay as peanut butter and chocolate go together.

I smooshed the ice cream onto the bottom brownie, though I really should have let it sit out longer first, and then topped it with the top brownie and popped it into the freezer overnight.

This is what came out of the freezer. I took these to work for my crew of friends there and they inhaled them. One friend did say they were very rich, but everyone raves about them and they were easy to make. I would count this baking challenge as a success.

Now for my Saturday:

Exercise:

I wanted to start out my holiday on a good note. I stepped on the scale to face reality and then headed out for a run with Sarah. We were running Hyde Creek again (where we ran into the bear last week), but decided to do the other side of the river. We were going along great until 2.44 when Kula, the dog, went crazy. We couldn’t see the bear, but decided to just turn around and tack on at the end. It turned out to be a slow but nice run:)

House:

I have spent most of the day doing the last of the laundry and packing. I have packed way too much and still think I’m missing some key things- like shorts! Oh well, my dad always said to pack half the stuff and double the money and thankfully I’m going somewhere with stores and laundry this year.

I did take a little time out and walked over for an ice cream. I’m really going to miss my ice cream treats while I’m away. I got ice cream two days in a row because I couldn’t figure out how to take some with me.

It was a lovely treat to sit on this rock and enjoy the ice cream in the sunshine. Callie was so sweet to give me a little taster of some of the other vegan kinds on top of my raspberry pistachio.

Reading:

I have started a new book today called Beach Read by Emily Henry. This book was recommended to me by Mildly Granola. I’ve only hit chapter four, but so far I am really enjoying it!

Well I’d better go get my garbage and recycling out since I’m being picked up very early tomorrow.

Have fun!

AJ

Happy Summer!

I know that summer officially started six days ago, but for me it started at 1:15 today.

Teaching:

I went in at my usual time today, finished cleaning up my class library and sorted some files and then had to sit around bored until my principal finally let us go home at 1:15pm. It really bugs me because most schools didn’t even have to show up today!😖😖😖

Family:

The first thing I did was to call Gus and see if he wanted to go for a celebratory ice cream. We went to Vashti Rose, which even he admits is the best ice cream around! I had a scoop of vegan raspberry pistachio and they put a little of their new vegan Rocky Road flavor on top and they were both amazing! Gus has the maple pecan and the cookies and cream and said they were wonderful too. Callie and Hamid didn’t even charge me for mine- they said it wasn’t happy summer from them. They really are wonderful people!!!

Reading:

After a lovely two hour nap and two loads of laundry I forced myself to finish the book, The Doctor’s Husband by Ann B Harrison. I really didn’t care for this book. The lead female was conniving and unbelievable, the father was stereotypical and not well rounded, everything was way too convenient and who gets married after one date?!?!

Exercise:

I did a BeFitDavis workout of wall sit, side planks, clam shells, leg drop to reverse curl and lying hamstring curls and then added on squats, plié squats, bicep curls and overhead tricep extension.

I’m hoping to do lots of exercise and healthy eating this summer so I can erase June from my body! Mom get the fruit salad and the salads ready!

Well that’s it for me.

Have fun!

AJ

Almost Back

Today almost felt like an AJ day:)

Exercise:

I had texted Sarah last night and she was up for a run so we headed out in the pouring rain for a quick run to the mill and back. It’s a good thing I was meeting someone as I don’t think I would have gotten out otherwise!

This evening I did a Hallmark workout. It was a minute of jogggng between: squats, reverse lunges, pushups, mountain climbers, weighted sit ups, bicep curls, upright rows, reverse crunches, plié squats, burpees, deadlifts and overhead tricep extensions.

I am really trying to put at least one different exercise each time, but I figure I need the squats and lunges in there for sure to make me a stronger runner.

Reading:

I finished the book Wallbanger by Alice Clayton. I have had this book forever but was very hesitant to start it based on the title. It ended up being a cute, funny book. I admit the end seemed to drag and was a little dumb, but it was still a good read.

It was really nice to have an actual book. I know my kindle app and Kobo are great for traveling or when I’m out and about, but nothing beats a real book.

House:

I knew I needed to do something, but all I got done was my rug vacuumed and the floors swept. I’m going to try my best to do one job a day this week so my house will be tidy and clean by the time I’m on holidays. I wish one of you lived close enough to check that I do this!🤣🤣

Knitting:

I actually picked up knitting again. When I went to get my bag, I realized I hadn’t recorded or shared the quick and easy kerchief scarf I made on my trip last weekend.

Now I have started my toe up sock. It should get me through my travel next weekend, but I need to pick a project to take with me.

Cooking:

I really should have started the baking challenge today, but the only thing I did in my kitchen was make kale chips from some of the kale in my garden. They were really good.

Well, I think that’s it. A lovely, rainy day:)

Have fun!

AJ

Yay Friday!

Oops I guess I was so tired I didn’t even realize I hadn’t posted!

Teaching:

I have to admit I’ve never been this disorganized in my teaching before, but with only two children, it is difficult to be motivated.

We finished our Covid time capsule and our yearbook. We also created a graph about our favourite meal. There were only three of us which didn’t make for an interesting graph so we walked around the school asking classes and random people we ran into in the hall. This actually turned out great because it gave both of these very quiet children the practice of speaking to others. In case you’re wondering, dinner was the most popular meal. We ended the day playing outside.

House:

I was a good person and stopped on my way home to pay my property taxes. I’m getting close to having everything done!

Reading:

I spent a lot of the evening finishing up the book, The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman. I have heard this book recommended all over the place and while it was enjoyable, I won’t be recommending it. It really dragged for me and the writing style was just too overblown with details for me.

Exercise:

As soon as I finished my book I knew I needed to get off the couch and do some exercise. I did a BeFitDavis workout as they tend to be shorter. This one was a minute of jogging between four sets of: 25 squats, 25 hip raises, 25 reverse crunch to leg drop, and 25 Superman. Not much, but something.

I did start another book and it looks like I will be done quickly so I’ll tell you about that soon.

That really is all I did and it was so lovely!

Have fun!

AJ

The Eye Got Me

My eye has been bugging me all day:(

Saturday:

I got out for a fourteen kilometer bike ride, but it was cut short when it started raining as I had no waterproof clothes on!

Teaching:

The rest of Saturday was spent working with two teaching buddies on report cards. 22 reports cards later I was done. Hmmm maybe that explains the sore eye! Not a very interesting day:(

Sunday:

Exercise:

It was the first time in months that the Sunday group got together. It curtailed our run to 6km, but it was nice to see everyone!

The magic happened again and I dipped under 6min km again for a kilometer. Hopefully this will appear more often:)

This evening I did another BeFitDavis workout. I did a minute of jogging between the four sets of pushups, squats, tricep dips, deadlifts, leg raises, v ups and a minute plank.

Baking:

I got suckered into trying an instagram recipe that looked so easy. It wasn’t easy and just turned out okay and now I have to eat it for the next two days breakfasts:(

Knitting:

I tried to start my toe up socks, but I’m having difficulty getting them both casted onto a single circular needle:(

Reading:

I finally finished the book Roomies by Christina Lauren. I have heard tons about it, but I have to admit it wasn’t my favourite. I found it lagged and was very angsty-two of my least favourite things in books.

I think I’m off to bed to rest my eye and I’ll get going on reports tomorrow again. Mom- they’re coming your way tomorrow! Muhahaha

Have fun!

AJ

Monday Again?

It seems to come so much quicker than the weekend does!

I started the day with my grocery shopping after sleeping in. I slept for eleven hours last night! Unfortunately I got to the grocery store just in time to see the Freybe guy drive away:(

Teaching:

I checked work but I have to admit that there wasn’t a ton there so I spent time finding resources for the coming weeks. I figure that time might be in short supply once I’m doing online and in a classroom.

Exercise:

I met up with Sarah for a run. I thought we were running the track because her foot has been sore and she wanted to test it out, but she said she wanted to do the trail so we did. It was horribly wet in there so it was slow as I had worn street shoes, not trail shoes. The best part was definitely flying down the hill to home. I made a 5:28/km coming down which is 9 seconds off my previous best:)

I made myself do a BeFitDavis workout right afterwards. It was three sets of 15 pushups, 25 weighted squats, 15 reverse lunges, 10 burpees, 1 minute plank, 15 tricep dips and 30 weighted sit ups. I definitely felt like I did something!

Reading:

I forgot to tell you all about the last book I finished. It was Until You’re Mine by Cindi Madsen. I wish I had read this before the other book in the series, but it was still good. I really loved the banter at the start but I always feel let down in that department when they get together and the banter goes away. This book was still enjoyable though.

Movie:

I was good all day so I got to watch Fashionably Yours tonight. It’s the typical Hallmark movie, but I quite enjoyed it:)

Knitting:

I did no knitting today as my hand was sore, but did package these up for their recipient.

Now I have to decide what I’m going to knit next. Not baby booties!

Well I’m off to bed as I actually have to go into school tomorrow and be there on time!

Have fun!

AJ

Fun But Re-Ordered

It was a nice day!

Exercise:

I got up later than normal, but didn’t let myself do anything until I had done the yoga I had planned today. Normally I do my bike ride first and yoga later, but today it got switched. It felt good to know I had done something kind for my muscles.

This afternoon I went on a 9km bike ride with my teaching buddy. I like biking with her because she doesn’t expect me to be amazing at it and she’s very patient. We actually went from her place to a rec centre the town over. I had to deal with a ton of people on the trail but managed to not run anyone down or fall off. I also managed to ride on a bike route road. It was an amazing ride and I’d like to do it again, but go even further. Maybe next weekend.

Knitting:

Getting the roller skate booties done is a big priority for me this weekend. Today I got both booties made and the two soles made. I tried out a wheel, but my mom and I both think they’re too big so that will be tomorrow’s job- figuring out and completing the wheels for both booties and then assembling them.

Eating:

After eating so much yesterday, I really haven’t been hungry today. I’ve had an omelette, chicken breast, and the last of my cod filets.

Reading:

I’m reading a book and am almost done so I think I’ll go back to it.

Have fun!

AJ

Happy Long Weekend

The best part of this weekend so far is knowing I have tomorrow off too:)

Exercise:

Yesterday morning I did a 9.5km bike ride out on the dykes. It was calling for rain, but thankfully it didn’t get really heavy until I got back into the car.

This morning I didn’t get as lucky. I met Dennis at another part of the dyke and it rained heavily the whole time we were out there. It was definitely trial by fire for my new hydration pack, but I’m not chafed at all🎊🎉.

Dennis commented 3/4 of the way through our run that it sounded like I was running flat footed. I told him I have no idea how I land when I’m running, but I tried to pay attention from that point on. I seemed to get faster but that might have been the “smelling the barn” syndrome and not have anything to do with my trying to land midfoot and push off.

I was actually so wet by the end that I changed my entire outfit behind the car door🤣

This evening I did another BeFitDavis workout. I was supposed to do five rounds of eight reps each, but I changed it to a minute of jogging between forty reps of each move. I was only using ten pound weights so thought higher reps might be better. I did: weighted sit ups, deadlifts, plié squats, squat thruster, and dumbbell swings. I really liked this workout:)

Reading:

I finished a book last night called, Rules of Engagement by JT Geissinger. It was a great read. The grumpy hero who is actually a softie. The girl who can’t see what’s right in front of her and the meddling aunt and agent. Nothing new, but good banter and some laugh out loud moments. If you’re looking for something light I would recommend this one.

Knitting:

I have spent a lot of the past two days knitting as my secretary has commissioned some baby booties as she is becoming an auntie. Yesterday I did the ice skates as her brother plays hockey.

I think they might be the cutest thing I’ve ever knitted! The pattern is by Paisley and is simply called ice skates. I had to buy the pattern on Ravelry, but now that I know how she does these, I think I could do her roller skates without buying the pattern. The yarn is just worsted weight scraps from my stash.

I thought they’d be super hard for me as it’s been a long time since I’ve crocheted, but it came back pretty quickly and easily. It also helps that these are so small that they go quickly.

Today I tackled cleats as the mommy to be is a rugby player. You’ll have to wait until I finish the second one tomorrow to see them though.

Eating:

I have been really good the past two days for my eating and I’m really hoping I will be rewarded soon!🤣

Well, I’m going to go start a new book:)

Have fun!

AJ